VansAirForceForums  
Home > VansAirForceForums

- POSTING RULES
- Donate yearly (please).
- Advertise in here!

- Today's Posts | Insert Pics

  #1  
Old 01-04-2017, 09:36 AM
smokyray's Avatar
smokyray smokyray is offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: TX32
Posts: 1,599
Default Greg "Spanky" Barber

Guys,
We lost a true American hero last weekend. My longtime friend, Greg "Spanky" Barber (LTC retired) was killed along with his Air Force Academy cadet son Tim in a midair collision in their family Luscombe New Years Eve.
Spanky was a great American in every sense of the word. Growing up on a farm he decided early in life exactly what he wanted to do, and become. He would succeed 100% of his aspirations. From his early days in the USAF instructing in the T38 to his final years as a U2 Pilot flying clandestine, high threat missions around the world, Spanky had seen it all from the highest vantage point on Earth.
When both of us were stationed in VA in the mid 1990's, we took turns helping each other work on their respective machines, I with my RV4, Spanky with his prized Luscombe. Additionally, his home became my second home and family influencing me (along with everyone else he met) in a highly positive way.
The Luscombe was always busy, seemingly until the very end last weekend with a non-stop list of Young Eagles, friends and family Spanky had introduced to aviation. Fittingly, he was the first passenger in my RV4 once I had completed the 50 hour test phase. Despite his small stature and humble ways, a great aviator lurked underneath. When I passed the controls of the RV4 to Spanky I knew immediately I was in the presence of greatness. Many years later my wife and I would have the honor of delivering the Luscombe to TX from CA when he battled cancer. Spanky would not only beat the cancer, but get his medical back and continue encouraging future aviators, "one ride at a time".

In retirement Spanky would continue his lifelong passion begun in the AF in promoting Scouting. His Scoutmaster leadership and amazing impact on the community was evident when we visited his widow at their farm yesterday. A vigil of volunteers ranging from police to firefighters to pastors, USAF officers and numerous young people, all volunteering to protect the property from press and paparazzi. Spanky's encouragement would lead to 3 of his 4 children accepted to the AF Academy, his 4th in the process of applying. Hundreds of young people involved in positive activities and many more introduced to aviation. My MAF missionary pilot friend Chad whom Spanky gave numerous Luscombe rides saying it best, "Greg defined the word encouragement, he brightened up any room he entered and left you with a big smile".

Spanky not only flew high but set the "how to live life bar" even higher, something we can all aspire to achieve.
He will be sorely missed...
V/R
Smokey



https://www.gofundme.com/barber-patrol

Last edited by smokyray : 01-04-2017 at 11:15 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 01-04-2017, 10:03 AM
Buzz Buzz is offline
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Sutter Creek, Ca/Westover Field, Jackson, Ca
Posts: 13
Default

Godspeed, Mr.Barber...
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01-04-2017, 10:18 AM
rleffler's Avatar
rleffler rleffler is offline
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Delaware, OH (KDLZ)
Posts: 3,491
Default

There is a nice write up by one of his former peers on baseops.net.

http://www.flyingsquadron.com/forums...afa-cadet-son/
__________________
Bob Leffler
N410BL - RV10 Flying
http://mykitlog.com/rleffler
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 01-04-2017, 01:03 PM
PixelWorker PixelWorker is offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Plano, TX
Posts: 66
Default

Very sad. One of the nicest people I've ever met.
__________________
Michael Jensen
RV7A - Aero Country T31
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01-04-2017, 01:53 PM
WISC WISC is offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Florida
Posts: 142
Default

Prayers are going out for his family and friends!
__________________
RV-7A
RV-6A- Sold due to military move
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 01-06-2017, 12:48 PM
Stitch462's Avatar
Stitch462 Stitch462 is online now
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Mead, WA
Posts: 137
Default

Condolences to the family. From one Air Force vet to another two, Spanky and son, you'll be missed.
__________________
Stitch
MSgt, USAF, Ret.
RV-8 Dreamer
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 01-09-2017, 02:38 PM
smokyray's Avatar
smokyray smokyray is offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: TX32
Posts: 1,599
Default Spanky and Tims Double Missing Man

Today in Texas was Spanky and Tims memorial at 1st UMC near Plano. After a very emotional and inspiring celebration of life, 4 T-6"s performed a double MM.
Burial at USAFA Thursday...

V/R
Smokey

https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=...&v=2G2yiB--ZrA
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 01-09-2017, 09:16 PM
scrollF4's Avatar
scrollF4 scrollF4 is offline
Moderator, Asst. Line Boy
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Flower Mound, TX
Posts: 925
Default Prayer light is ON, bright/flash

Throw two nickels on the grass...

Cheers to Spanky and Tim:
Clink
Glug glug
Smash!

Hand salute, with reverence
__________________
Scroll

Sid "Scroll" Mayeux, Col, USAF (ret)
Northwest Regional, Roanoke TX (52F...home of DR's Van Cave)
"KELLI GIRL" N260KM RV-7A tipper, YIO-360M1B, dual SkyView, GTN-650, VPX, EarthX LiFePO.
Wrap by AircraftWraps.Com. Nose Art by VictoryGirl.com.
90% done, 90% to go...
www.mykitlog.com/scrollf4/

Proud and grateful 2017 -=VAF=- Contributor
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 01-09-2017, 11:06 PM
Jetj01 Jetj01 is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 305
Default Well done, my good and faithful servant🙏

Thanks for the write up Smokey. Spanky was very well thought of in his AF community and in life in general. Tonight I attended a Quiet Birdman event and the master of ceremonies gave a very fitting eulogy of his life. Like us, he loved to fly. He also loved life to the fullest and instilled these virtues in his children and those that called him friend. I second Scroll's nickel in the gass and dip a wing to the West. We shall meet again. But not yet🙏
__________________
Jj
Eagles Nest, TX
Built and FLYING RV-4 Fastback!
SOLD RV-6/RV-8/Rocket
Retired USAF, Current Boeing Driver
Dues paid ...thru 2016
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 01-15-2017, 08:41 AM
smokyray's Avatar
smokyray smokyray is offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: TX32
Posts: 1,599
Default Not the end...

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jetj01 View Post
Thanks for the write up Smokey. Spanky was very well thought of in his AF community and in life in general. Tonight I attended a Quiet Birdman event and the master of ceremonies gave a very fitting eulogy of his life. Like us, he loved to fly. He also loved life to the fullest and instilled these virtues in his children and those that called him friend. I second Scroll's nickel in the gass and dip a wing to the West. We shall meet again. But not yet��
Guys,
I was an attendee Thursday to the first ever father son funeral service ever at USAFA in CO. The overcast cold day was briefly interrupted by the sound of freedom in the form of 4 Black T-38"s performing a magnificent missing man. However comma, Spanky and Tim would have loved the distant drone of an 0-320 attached to the nose of a USAFA Super Cub towing an academy Grob sailplane. The somber mood at the reception afterward was lifted when one by one, Spanky and Tim stories were shared by friends.
The overall message was they lived life well and left a great example for us all....
V/R
Smokey


Last edited by smokyray : 01-15-2017 at 08:43 AM.
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:43 AM.


The VAFForums come to you courtesy Delta Romeo, LLC. By viewing and participating in them you agree to build your plane using standardized methods and practices and to fly it safely and in accordance with the laws governing the country you are located in.